01: General view of  the Shinjuku area of Tokyo in Japan.  

Visa and Passport Requirements

  • Passport: Travelers must have a passport that is valid for the entire duration of their stay in Japan.
    • There must be at least one blank passport page for an entry stamp.
    • If you need to apply for or renew your passport, please allow:
      • Standard processing: 6-8 weeks
      • Expedited processing: 2-3 weeks
  • Visa: Tourist Visas are not required for stays of less than 90 days.

Remember to make copies of important documents such as your passport, credit cards and driver's license before you leave for Japan. It is best to leave a copy at home and bring a copy to Japan.

  • When you are in Japan, it is important that you always carry your passport with you. This differs from travel to other nations, where it is recommended to only carry a copy of your document. In Japan, you should bring your actual passport book with you at all times.

Flight and Arrival Information

  • Flights from the U.S. will land at either Narita or Haneda airports.
    • Note – further information regarding transportation options is located in the transportation section of this handbook.
  • Narita Airport (NRT)
    • Arrival area maps: https://www.narita-airport.jp/en/map
    • Approximately 45 miles (70 km) from Tokyo
      • 1 hour and 15 minutes by train ($25-$28)
      • 45 minute - 1 hour by taxi or airport bus limousine
        • Taxi: $240-$300
        • Bus limousine: $10-$30 (depending on company used)
  • Haneda Airport (HND)
    • Arrival area maps: http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/map/
    • Approximately 10 miles (17 km) from Tokyo
      • 25 -30 minutes by monorail or train
        • Monorail: $4-$5
        • Train: $3-$6 (express trains are available for a higher fare)
      • 15 minutes

Packing for the Games

  • Represent Team USA!
    • Remember to pack all of your red, white and blue team gear, signs and flags!
  • Prepare for the heat
    • Please be prepared for very hot and humid conditions in Japan. Clothing made from cooling and moisture-wicking materials are recommended.
    • If you plan to spend extended periods of time outdoor, either at venues or out exploring Japan, you may wish to consider items such as a cooling vest, cooling scarves, a fan or an umbrella.
    • Hydration is extremely important!
      • You may wish to bring a reusable, insulated water bottle from home. There are few trash cans on the streets of Tokyo for single-use plastic bottles. Water and beverages are widely available at convenience stores and grocery stores in the city.
      • Tokyo 2020 will permit spectators to bring one bottle into venues. Beverages will also be available for purchase at each venue.
  • Medication
    • As mentioned in the “Medical” section of this site, please pay attention to all Japanese laws and regulations regarding over-the-counter and prescription medications.
    • If one of your medications is prohibited in Japan, please take any necessary action to ensure that any paperwork or medication changes are facilitated with your doctor well in advance of your travel.
      • NOTE: A prescription or note from your doctor will not waive these regulations.
  • Japanese Culture
    • Shoes – It is customary to remove your shoes upon entry in many restaurants, tourist attractions, hotels and homes. Slippers or socks may be worn inside of these locations and it is often helpful to carry a spare pair with you around town!
    • Sustainability – Japan is a very eco-conscious nation and encourages reusable materials and waste reduction or recycling as much as possible.
      • Hand towels – It is not common for public locations to have hand dryers or paper towels in their restrooms. Due to this, most Japanese residents carry a hand towel with them. Feel free to bring a towel from home, or there are decorative versions commonly available in Japan.
      • Trash bags – There are very few trash or recycling bins on the streets of Japan and many residents carry small bags with them to use for any personal trash or waste. It is common to bring these bags home and consolidate all trash and recycling from your accommodations in Tokyo.
  • If you forget something at home, no worries! Japan has plenty of stores to ensure that you have what you need! There are many convenience, grocery, electronics and clothing shops that have large selections of food, toiletries, cables and fashion.